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.: BRIEF GUIDE TO TUNISIA :.
Tunisia
Name: Tunisia (لجمهورية)
Officially the Republic of Tunisia.
Population: 10.7 million
Area: 165,000 km2 ((64,000 sq mi)
Capital: Tunis
Language: Arabic (official), Derja, French, Berber
Religion: Islam (98%)
Money: Dinar
Dialing Code: +216
Tunisia is the smallest country in North Africa, and is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya in the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east.

From broad sweeps of beach, overlooked by a tumble of sugar cube houses, to grand ancient ruins, and the vast, rolling dunes of the Sahara; Tunisia is a fusion of everything that makes North Africa enticing. It may be most famous as a summer beach break destination but there's something for everyone here.

Traditionally seen as North Africa at its most laid-back, Tunisia manages a delicate balancing act between traditional Islamic culture and the encroaching tide of modernity. Gender equality rights are written into the constitution, alcohol is freely available, and the state and religion are treated as two separate entities. But that's not to say that the fascinating rhythms of the Islamic world have disappeared.
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STAY HEALTHY:
Taking out comprehensive travel insurance before travelling to Tunisia is essential. If you are bringing medication into the country for a pre-existing medical condition, carry a letter from your doctor listing the names of the medications, and any syringes or needles, you are carrying with you.

Tunisia's public health care system often provides excellent care in larger towns, but be aware that you have to pay for treatment, usually in cash, straight away whether you have travel insurance or not. Larger towns also have private hospitals called 'polyclinics' which provide a range of procedures.

The emergency/ambulance phone number in Tunisia is 190. Ambulance arrival times can be delayed and the service is not available in more rural areas.

Food and Drinks
Mains water is normally chlorinated in urban areas, and whilst safe may cause mild abdominal upsets. It is advisable to only drink bottled water during your stay, which is widely available everywhere. It's worth also noting that ice is rarely made from bottled water (even in resort areas) and should be avoided altogether. Milk should be boiled when unpasteurised. UHT milk is available and is advised.

Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled before eating. When choosing where to eat, look for popular places which have a high turnover of food meaning food will be fresher and will not have been sitting around for a long time. Avoid ice cream being sold on the street, which might have melted and been refrozen.
Other risks:

Vaccinations against Hepatitis B are recommended.


STAY SAFE:
Travelers report problems being pestered either to buy something or for other purposes. Persistence is a major complaint. Some say that a refusal often results in a bad reaction, "being hissed at" is one example, but those who have been advised to refuse politely with a smile rarely complain. "Non, merci" is a very good response, with a smile.

In any disagreement or accident with a national, a Tunisian will never admit fault no matter how evident it may be. They may resort to threats of bodily harm as a means of intimidating a foreigner not well versed in the laws of the country.
If confronted with such a situation, contact the police and insist they come to the location. This could take some time. When they arrive insist they speak in French, if you understand, as they will revert to Arabic.

Be aware that the export of Tunisian currency is forbidden and searches of wallets and purses can, and do, occur at Tunis airport. If you are found with more than about 20 - 30 Dinars, you will be invited to return land-side to change them.

Women
It is apparently not considered rude for a man to stare at a woman's body which should indicate that modesty will attract less attention. Women can expect to be the target of frequent catcalls. Tunisia is a Muslim country, and dress code is important, particularly for females. Whilst a lot of skin (even topless) is tolerated on beaches and within hotel complexes, a modest amount of exposed skin may be frowned upon outside these areas.

Be aware that the further south one travels, the more conservative Tunisia becomes. While most women wear western clothes in the Capital (which has a mix of Mediterranean, European and Arabic cultures), the south of Tunisia is practically devoid of any lingering European influence and is thus far more traditional.

It is both respectful and wise to cover your hair and skin when outside in a Muslim country. Usually in Muslim culture, women cover their hair around the presence of men with a hijab.
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